Saving Bathsheba

Abuse at the hands of a spiritual leader damages victims in body, mind, and spirit

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18

“How much responsibility did Bathsheba have in that affair? After all, she was bathing where David could see her!”

I have heard this line, and others like it, many times in the course of my evangelical upbringing and education—the David and Bathsheba story used as an example of “why women should be modest” and “how temptresses can bring down godly leaders.” But that’s not what the story is about. It’s a story of a woman being sexually abused by a man in power.

by Rachel Marie Stone

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